Yannis Paschalidis Receives the 2020 Charles DeLisi Award

Ioannis PaschalidisBy Allison Kleber

Professor Ioannis Paschalidis has been named the 2020 Charles DeLisi Distinguished Lecturer, in celebration of his significant and varied contributions to engineering research. The annual award was established in 2014 to highlight BU Engineering faculty and alumni whose work has made a substantial impact within, and beyond, their field. The Distinguished Lecture and Ceremony are open to the general public; a valuable opportunity for intellectual exchange with a notable scholar, as well as a gesture honoring him for his achievements.

Professor Paschalidis’s talk, “Data Science and Optimization Adventures in Computational Biology and Medicine,” draws together the interdisciplinary threads of his work, using data science and optimization methodology in service of medicine by creating progressive models that operate on a range of levels from the molecular to that of a whole organism or disease. You can view the abstract for his talk here. The event has been postponed; date and time to be announced.

A member of Boston University’s faculty since 1996, Professor Paschalidis’s accomplishments to date include more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, serving as Primary Investigator or co-PI on more than $43 million in grants, advising 24 Ph.D. theses, and numerous collaborations spanning a broad array of disciplines. His body of work includes systems and control, optimization, networks, and operations research, as well as computational biology and medical informatics. His research has contributed to applications ranging from the predictive health analytics that his talk highlights, to autonomous robots, sustainable energy, and smart cities.

Professor Paschalidis has been honored with a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an IBM/IEEE Smarter Planet Challenge Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Crowd Sourcing Prize and best paper award by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He won second place in the 1997 George E. Nicholson paper competition by INFORMS, was a best paper award finalist at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, and he and his collaborators were recognized at the 2009 Protein Interaction Evaluation Meeting for best performance in modeling selected protein-protein complexes against 64 other predictor groups. A co-authored paper with one of his PhD students won the best student paper award at the 9th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt 2011). Professor Paschalidis is an IEEE Fellow and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems.

Professor Paschalidis received his Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1991, and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1993 and 1996. He is the Director of the Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE) at Boston University.